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March 14, 2013   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Superstorm Sandy Emergency Power Case Studies And Government’s Role in Disaster Readiness to Be Examined in Webinar

Contact: Steve Hansen (301) 668-7230 shansen@dieselforum.org

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers and Industry Experts To Outline Importance of Emergency Generators to Public Safety at March 18th Webinar

Washington, D.C. – Case studies of emergency power issues in New York, New Jersey and the Northeast related to Superstorm Sandy and the role of emergency power systems to public health and safety will be the focus of free webinar on March 18th sponsored by the Diesel Technology Forum.

There is no registration fee but space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Date: Monday, March 18th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (ET)

Agenda and Speakers

Introduction to Back-Up Power Generation

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum (Frederick, MD)

Overview of Technology Choices for Emergency Back-Up Electrical Power Outside the Grid

Matt Menzel, Application Engineering Team Leader, U.S. and Canada, Cummins Power Generation(Shoreview, MN)

Emergency Back-Up Power Considerations – Overview of Factors that Determine the Use, Size and Performance of Units

T.J. Tarabulski, Global Regulatory Consultant, Marine, Locomotive, Stationary Regulations Emissions Regulations and Conformance, Caterpillar Inc. (Mossville, IL)

Case Study: Providing Emergency Power Solutions for the Northeast - Superstorm Sandy and More

John Callahan, Vice President, Power Systems Division, H.O. Penn (Holtsville, NY)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Role in Disasters - Government Perspective on Role of Backup Emergency Generators in Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery

Richard Alt, Branch Chief, Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC), Department of Homeland Security (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Role in Disasters - Government Perspective on Role of Backup Emergency Generators in Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery

David Bishop, Emergency Power SME, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

Case Study: Seaside Heights, N.J. – Transforming Peak Power Generators to Emergency Prime Power

Mike Dysart, Region General Manager, Cummins Power Generation (Princeton, NJ)

Emergency Power Background Information

Diesel-powered generators can save lives during a power crisis. Interruptions of electrical power, even of short duration, create situations that could imperil public health and safety. Emergency generators must be able to provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system.

This webinar is designed to provide an understanding of the basic issues surrounding the use of emergency backup power systems, technology and fuel choices, operating conditions, and case studies

Hospitals, Data Centers and Emergency Communications Require 24/7 Power

The loss of electrical grid power due to storms, natural disasters or high power demands are increasingly common. With a growing dependence on technology and interconnected systems that rely on electricity, power reliability becomes increasingly critical. Hospitals, data centers, water and sewage facilities, fueling stations, and communication and transportation systems require continuous power to protect public health and safety.

As opposed to some other fuels and technologies, diesel-powered generators provide a steady supply of high-quality power and superior performance for transient or fluctuating power demands due to the high-torque characteristics of diesel engines. Beyond these most critical applications, the power needs for food and medical refrigeration, building operations such as elevators and sprinklers as well as banking and business networks further highlight the significant economic and other losses from power outages.

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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit national organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

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